The New England Patriots quarterback showed no weaknesses as the team wore just shells and helmets for Thursday’s practice. For precaution, Brady wore a brace on his knee, but he was able to operate as normal without setbacks.
“He felt great back there, making all the throws, not hobbling around,” offensive lineman Logan Mankins said after the practice. “That’s always a good sign.”
The thud session had no intense hitting or full contact and proved to be less strenuous than Wednesday’s full-pads practice when Brady was hurt. During 11-on-11 drills, the quarterback fell to the ground clutching his knee when left tackle Nate Solder was pushed into him. Brady returned to finish the drill but was carted off subsequently for an evaluation.
“I didn’t let it affect my sleep,” Solder said with a laugh. “No, it’s part of the game, part of the game.”
Brady declined to speak to the media as he walked off the field after Thursday’s practice. Sources say Brady will play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night at Gillette Stadium in their second preseason game.